My name is Mike, I am some what new to planted tanks but not to the hobby in general. Been in aquariums for over 20+ years, 15 of that with Discus, the rest various fresh and saltwater stuff.
I currently have Discus but I am seriously considering taking it down as I've always wanted to do a beautiful looking planted tank which I see often, but I'm just confused on how to go about setup and feeding, equipment and stuff like that.
Okay so I would like to do say between a 20g-30g size tank with my Renia Filstar x3 canister filter, lights not sure what to get, or I was thinking of getting a JBJ 24G Nano Cube setup which has built in wet/dry , 2 50/50 power compact lights. I'm pretty sure CO2 is a must right? What lights & type should I get?
Now my question is which of the above setup would be good for a tank that has HC ground cover, and some other type of taller plant/s in the mid to background (any suggestions on a type of plant that looks good but also not to hard to grow)? I will probably put some manzanita wood maybe a few rocks, would also like to have some type of Tetras maybe Cardinal, and cleaning crew is a must right? What would be best shrimps/type?
I have seen people start there tanks by adding the soil, then there scape, and if there doing HC they plant that in various spots, but they don't fill the tank with water, it looks as though they mist it several times a day. Why would you do this and how long would you do it for.
What type of ferts should I get, dry or liquid? How often would I dose them?
What soil do you recommend, ADA, Eco complete?
Water changes should be about once a week or every 2 weeks?
What should my water perimeters be?
I am sorry for so many questions but I have read a lot of different things and it seems it has just confused me more than actually answering my questions.
Any help is greatly appreciated!